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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 05, 2018, 04:14:16 AM »
And this is why I wonder why folks sell DF cuttings for $7-$8 apiece to fellow board members? For a plant that propagates a clone of itself easier than any other.
I wonder why Nopales Tuna's are not $8 a fruit or cutting when they can have much tastier fruit than DF.
So weird how Hype works in culture and translates over to a comparatively bland tasting fruit.
I really enjoy Megalanthus fruits, Have yet to try a tasty red or white mesocarp DF.
Ive had flowers but no fruit on Voodoo Child, Halley's Comet and Physical Graffiti and Valdivia Roja.



Most of the ground clutter that I don't end up cleaning up and throwing away will eventually try and root. Even the tiny, underdeveloped tips or shaded branches that fall behind my pots against my house I find trying to put out new shoots. In a hospitable environment these plants are very good at reproducing themselves through discarded branch materials, and I think if the end times ever came, they would take over my neighborhood in little time.

Bush2beach,
If you're in the San Diego area, pm me and you can sample some of my fruit, it will likely change your mind. I like tunas also but their seeds are rock hard like guavas and their glochids are a pain to remove. Many of the commercial growers harvest their fruit much too early and I donít blame them because they need the shelf life but it significantly reduces the eating quality.

I have been giving away Dragonfruit cuttings and various other plant materials for the past 20 years but now that Iím starting a nursery, itís costing a fortune and we have to recover costs.

Simon
Congrats on the nursery start Simon. Hope it all goes well for you.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: August 05, 2018, 04:10:36 AM »
And this is why I wonder why folks sell DF cuttings for $7-$8 apiece to fellow board members? For a plant that propagates a clone of itself easier than any other. I wonder why Nopales Tuna's are not $8 a fruit or cutting when they can have much tastier fruit than DF.
So weird how Hype works in culture and translates over to a comparatively bland tasting fruit.
I really enjoy Megalanthus fruits, Have yet to try a tasty red or white mesocarp DF.
Ive had flowers but no fruit on Voodoo Child, Halley's Comet and Physical Graffiti and Valdivia Roja.

I don't get it either. I've read Sooo... many people who are kool aid hype in love with DF and I have yet to taste a DF that comes anywhere near even a sub par lowly cactus pear. DF are to me like a bland watery watermelon.
Bland watery watermelon!
Take Simons offer and try some decent varieties! You wonít be disappointed! There is a lot of crap, tastless varieties out there, usually white fleshed, that are picked way too early just to supply the market. I personally wonít eat white fleshed varieties any more due to the lack of flavour depth. And home grown is the only way to go. Pick them when they are ready to eat and they are brilliant!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frosted jakfruit
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:30:27 AM »
Was a very unusual cold snap, even for us in the valley! I talked to some Vietnamese growers today and their Jakfruit had not been frosted like this in the last 5-6 years since they were planted.
I donít have any specific varieties of Jakfruit growing. All seedlings from a really nice Ďjuicy fruití flavoured, low latex fruit purchased in Darra and like I said, one is obviously very frost tolerant, which is good!
I will trim the damaged trees back to good wood and hope they come back. If they die, Iíll try something else👍

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frosted jakfruit
« on: July 24, 2018, 05:31:16 AM »
Iím in an elevated, slightly hilly area and we very rarely get a frost. We got down to -2.5 Celsius here but it must have been cold for several hours, with ice forming where I havenít seen it in 3 winters. Even my old neighbor said it was a really bad cold snap and heís been here for around 15 years! Lower in the valley got down to -4 /-5 Celsius, and that was where I saw the big Jakfruit with their leaves totally frozen, top to ground!
Mangoes are still flowering and 8 Achacha seedlings, 6 inches tall,  made it through with little or no damage🤷‍♂️.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frosted jakfruit
« on: July 23, 2018, 05:57:00 AM »
Was a tough cold snap for everyone out this way. Flattened tomato crops and plenty of potato crops as well! Hopefully thatís the worst for the season, but weíll see I suppose. 🤞

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Frosted jakfruit
« on: July 22, 2018, 07:58:28 AM »
Lockyer Valley, near Plainlaind/Laidley. Definitely the coldest itís been here for several years. Frost burnt all the growth tips on the damaged trees but like I said , one lone tree still growing strong with not a bit of damage! Wait and see I suppose.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Frosted jakfruit
« on: July 22, 2018, 06:29:17 AM »
Planted 10 Jakfruit seedlings last spring, most of which are 5ft tall at the moment. Recently had a wicked, unusual cold snap that totally fried all but 1 tree. There are other trees in my area that are 20ft tall that had all their leaves completely frozen. I obviously have 1 very cold tolerant Jakfruit but will the other 9 come back in time? One has already started sprouting at ground level and the 1 unaffected tree is growing as well as it ever did with no sign of frost damage.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:04:48 AM »
I recommend sugar dragon it's a perfect pollinator
Vietnamese White , along with Sugar Dragon, is the best pollen supply you will get. Large amounts of pollen, heavy flowering cycle and strong grower with the added benefit of guaranteed fruit! Very tolerant of cold weather also.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:54:05 AM »
Is delight self fertile? Some people say it is but some say it's not. I have some buds on mine just want to make sure. it's a fast grower I bought it February just under 2ft and now it giving out fruit



I havenít found Delight to be self fertile for me in Queensland,Australia. I try to cross pollinate every flower as it tends to guarantee fruit set and fruit size is substantially bigger as well.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 29, 2018, 06:48:51 AM »
My red has many fruits. White has not flowered.
How are white variety going to help with cross pollination?
If you have a red fleshed variety and a white fleshed variety, they should have no problem pollinating each other, as long as they flower at the same time, Or at least close to each other. Itís pretty simple - if theyíre not the same variety, the pollen will work.
Growing dragonfruit is pretty simple, if you have 2 different flowers at the same time, and you lend a hand to pollinate, you will get fruit.
If they donít flower at the same time, you need to save pollen for when the other variety flowers. I have over 45 varieties and sometimes things donít go right, no different pollen , and so I end up with no fruit!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pineapple top planting
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:33:06 AM »
Why not try to root a few in water and find out for sure, instead of throwing them out? Most shop bought pineapples have loose centre leaves and they have grown fine for me.

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Dragonfruit(all varieties) - Temps from light frost(0 degrees) up to 45 degrees and very dry. No damage!

Jakfruit(1yr old seedling) - Light frost up to 45 degrees and very dry. Some deformity of leaves from cold, no damage from the heat. Needs occasional watering in dry times.

Logan(seedling) - Light frost up to 45 degrees/very dry. No damage at all. Very dry tolerant.

Achacha( seeds direct sown into permanent site, tree guards) - Light frost up to 45 degrees/very dry. 25% cut back to ground in frost but re-growing. 75% no damage at all. Slow growing(15cm tall - 14 months since seed was sown), but very tough! Must have a huge tap root! Dry weather hasnít bothered it at all.

No irrigation on Dragonfruit, Longan or Achacha. Only occasional water for Achacha, 20lt/ month when dry.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium bud to flower time
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:52:48 AM »
When itís a colour other than any shade of green! 👍👍

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Why not just top work them with the new varieties 🤔🤔🤔

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:16:39 AM »
Season starting




What variety is this?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:10:05 AM »
Just out of curiosity, does anyone in the Florida area grow/sell the Ax variety of dragonfruit?
Thanks, Anthony

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http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/05/27/hawaii-news/big-island-agriculture-hit-hard-by-vog/

While Iím not trying to say that no damage has been done, Iím always sceptical when I see photos that are used to show damage in this way. The before photo shows grassed area, and the after photo shows a bunch of dead trees! Couldnít they get another photo of the exact same grassed area to show the vog damage, or a previous photo of the avocado orchard? While I understand that volcanic gases do considerable damage to vegetation, these pics are just pics, with nothing for comparison. Iíve got trees with with that sort of leaf damage in my yard.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium ID please?
« on: May 25, 2018, 06:22:16 AM »
I wouldnít have thought theyíd be in bud stage for that long but Iíve never really taken much notice! I just eat the berries when I see them! The bud on the right, with the white showing should be about to open into a nice, fluffy flower🤞🤞

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Syzygium ID please?
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:54:15 AM »
Not sure of the variety, but itís just about to flower. Those are flower buds.👍

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Have a look around your neighbourhood for other dragonfruit that are about to flower and collect some pollen from them. Chances are the two flowers on your plant wouldnít pollinate each other any way if they were both alive.  Good luck.

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Was thinking of tearing out my Cereus peruvianus plants but they finally put out some fruit. Good size, but ordinary flavour at room temperature. Put some in the fridge to get cold and what a difference a few degrees make! Good watermelon flavour,with a shaved ice texture! I will keep growing these!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Combining pitayas
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:50:40 AM »
The main factor when it comes to hand pollination is being able to determine which flowers are from which plant. The only variety that you are planting that will be easily distinguishable from the others is the S-8 Sugar Dragon. Once they have all grown together and intertwined, you might have trouble working out which flower belongs to which variety.
I donít know how much area you have to work with, but 5 varieties donít need very much room to grow and produce plenty of fruit. 5 posts, 2ft apart, is plenty of room, and each plant has itís own spot, and when they flower you will know exactly which variety is flowering.
I grew 45 different varieties in an area 12mx 2m, 24m2, and had plenty of flowers and fruit! Not ideal and a bit of a jungle, but thatís the area I had at the time.
Keep em seperated I reckon!










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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:19:48 AM »
I did try it. Was slightly underwhelming but given the plant is quite small and it has been struggling due to the very dry weather, it was ok. Hopefully next season will be more productive. The fruit was only the size of a chickens egg but I was just pleased that it was a pink fleshed Megalanthus variety!


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What citrus is this?
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:35:59 AM »




Can anyone tell me what this citrus is? Picked them up at work, thinking they were limes. Shape was a bit weird but skin colour was green.  Thin skinned and super juicy with a few seeds. Flesh was light orange and flavour was that of a nice grapefruit. Tahitian lime on left.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What citrus is this?
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:28:02 AM »
This is possibly true, but I donít live in the tropics and citrus here grows pretty much whereever I plant it, in a temperate climate.
Any chance you know what it is?

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